Barbara Ann LaFave

March 28, 1929March 15, 2019

Barbara Ann (King) LaFave, 89, of Williamsburg passed away Friday, March 15, 2019, with family by her side. Barbara was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 28, 1929, to Archie and Marie King. Barbara graduated from St. Charles Borromeo High School and furthered her education at Mercy College and Mount Carmel Mercy Hospital to obtain a registered nursing degree. During this time Barbara met her beloved husband Philip Duane LaFave. The two married in 1951. Barbara worked at St. Joseph's Hospital in Detroit and Straith Hospital /Clinic in Southfield where she served as a surgical nurse totaling 45 years. Barbara was a devoted Catholic and an active member within St. Charles of Borromeo of Detroit, Our Lady Queen of Hope of Detroit, St. Andrew’s of Rochester Hills, and Sacred Heart of Elk Rapids parishes. Barbara loved to spend time with her family especially outdoors with swimming, skating, and nature walks. Known as Oma to her grandchildren, she made the best apple pies, shared her love of music, attended many recitals and sporting events, and always encouraged personal best. Barbara was active in furniture restoration, yard work, and stained glass making. Barbara is survived by; daughters, Mary Grace (Bruce) Everett of Bancroft, Anne (William) White of Williamsburg, and Denise (Peter) Smyk of Holland; son Chip (Carol) LaFave of Monroe, North Carolina; grandchildren, Amanda, Bill, Melanie, Neil, Mae, Joel, Ellen, Luke, Claire, Matt, Anna, and Drew; great grandchild Natalie Grace; sisters Betty Korol, Dorothy Maloney, and brother A. David King. Barbara was preceded in death by her beloved husband Philip of 65 years; her parents; and grandson Joseph Philip White. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on April 1, 2019, at 12:15 pm at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elk Rapids with Father Robert Zuchowski officiating. The Rite of Committal will occur later in the spring at Sacred Heart Cemetery. A vigil service will be held on Sunday, March 31, 2019, at 7pm at Sacred Heart church. Memorial contributions may be made to Mother Cabrini League and mass intentions for the deceased.


  • Mother Cabrini League


  • Vigil Service Sunday, March 31, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, April 1, 2019

Barbara Ann LaFave

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